Dr. Creighton Hale
Lycoming County MVP
— City of Williamsport Sports Walk —
Dr. Hale served as President of Little League® International from 1973 until 1994. He oversaw expansion of the Little League program, the creation of Little League Softball® and the Little League Challenger Division®. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1983. Joined in 1955 as Director of Research. A pioneer in the development of youth sports safety equipment. Was elected to the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1973.
Location. 41° 14.373′ N, 77° 0.395′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker is on Hepburn Street south of West 4th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is embedded in the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport PA 17701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blaise Alexander, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); William 'Bill' Pickelner (within shouting distance of this marker); Ray Keyes (within
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1. Dr. Creighton Hale - Helmet Inventor Rose Through Ranks to Lead Little League. Mr. Hale, a physiologist, arrived at Little League as its first director of research in 1955. Working from his laboratory in the basement of Little League’s offices in Williamsport, he used a cannon to fire baseballs at various speeds at a plastic helmet mounted on a wood model. Testing showed that it could absorb a direct hit from a ball traveling at 90 miles an hour without cracking or being driven into a batter’s head. Mr. Hale's earflap helmet became mandatory for Little League batters and runners in 1961. (Submitted on July 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Dr. Creighton J. Hale. (October (Submitted on July 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.